Food Production in the Last 100 Years
Published 20 Jan 2017
With the increasing number of human population, there have also been large demands on commodities and food supply. Food production in the last 100 years has greatly increased. Over the years, food manufacturing and food processing companies have greatly doubled its effort to provide the populace with the quantity and quality of food needed. These companies have been able to develop technologies and techniques to produce large quantity of food needed by the society. New advances in breeding birds, pigs, cows and other animals have been developed. Also, new technologies in producing crops, rice, wheat, fruits and vegetables are also growing.
The increasing demand on food production has lead humankind to innovative ways in handling, manufacturing and processing of food. Little spaces which, is the past years cannot be utilized can now be used with high profits. Furthermore, scientists have developed ways in order to cope up with the increasing demand for food production through biotechnology. It plays a crucial part in increasing the agricultural productivity of the 21st century. If it is safely used, it could be a tremendous help to the increasing demand food production (Benefits of GM, n.d., para. 1).
However, the mentioned practices have yielded some negative impacts to the animals, the environment and to the society as well. The increasing demand for food production has caused producers to confine the animals in very small and crowded pens or cages or in restrictive stall areas which limits the movement of the organisms. The space is so little is that animals can’t even turn around or lie down comfortably that some animals get sick and die (Cruelty to Animals, n.d., para. 3). Furthermore, to produce large quantity of food, these animals are being fed with drugs to keep them alive in the harsh conditions that they are living in (Cruelty to Animals, n.d. para. 4).
Aside from these, the increasing demand in food production for the past 100 years has also led to an increase wastes products from farmed animals, increase use of pesticides and fertilizers to yield more which can cause some negative effects to other plants and some animals, loss of hybrid species and genetic mutation. Other plants and animals that were not commonly utilized as food are now being consumed. Also, people have been very dependent on food manufacturing companies for food. And with the increasing advances in food production, people find it hard to land a job in food production since machines or robots are doing the work.
Furthermore, food production has also helped the economy of many countries since it is a continuously growing market. However, in third world countries or in developing countries, food production has pose negative impacts to society as some of these countries cannot cope up in providing the quantity of food needed.
Putting everything into the above context, food production for the past 100 years has greatly increased and is positively correlated with the increase in population size. Moreover, food production has caused man to innovate and developed technologies to increase food production. It has also changed many lives of people but it has also caused environmental damage.
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- Cruelty to Animals. n.d. Cruelty to Animals: Mechanized Madness. GoVeg.com. Retrieved on April 16, 2007 from http://www.goveg.com/factoryFarming.asp